Study: Ossining’s water contains cancer-causing contaminantsPosted: Updated:
An independent study shows that Ossining's water has cancer-causing contaminants.
A study conducted by the nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group detected eight contaminants above the group's standards. Among the contaminants was chloroform, which is linked to cancer and fetal development issues.
Ossining Corporation Counsel Stuart Kahan says the group isn't federally regulated and that the water is safe to drink.
"We are below the maximum contamination level in regards to all these contaminants set forth and we comply with both state and federal regulations," he says.
The Ossining Water Department serves around 30,000 residents. While the water remains in compliance with federal safety standards, some say that's not good enough.
"The government says a lot of things are OK," says resident Roger Eichenholtz. "I'm 74 and I have to do everything I can to protect my health."
Eichenholtz says he is sticking to bottled water only.
The Environmental Working Group also showed seven contaminants above normal levels in Mount Vernon and White Plains and six contaminants in Croton.